Ferris HS, West Valley HS (Spokane), Rogers HS (Spokane)
Hall of Fame Class of 1996
Herm Caviness graduated from Coulee Dam High School in 1951. He went on to attend Eastern Washington University, graduating in 1955. Herm was a distance runner at Coulee High School and continued as a member of the Eastern Washington University team. After graduating from college, he spent seven years as an elementary and junior high school track and field coach in Coulee Dam, Quincy and Spokane before coming to Ferris High School.
Herm served as the head coach at Ferris High School for nineteen years. During his tenure at Ferris, his teams won fifteen league and District titles. In 1971, Coach Caviness guided his team to the state championship. Herm coached nine All-American athletes, including Rick Riley and Judd Eddy. He founded the Spokane Track Club, the Spokane Summer Games and the Spokane Road Race.
Herm has remained active in track and field since his retirement. After hanging up his head coaching duties, he went on to serve as an assistant coach at West Valley High School, John R. Rogers High School and Ferris High School. He had the unique fortune of being able to serve as an assistant coach for his son Chris. Herm has had a positive influence on so many athletes and coaches, it would be impossible to list them all by name. He has mentored numerous individual athletes, helping guide them to district, regional and state titles and places. His impact on the sport in Spokane is one reason the sport is so popular. His induction into the Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame is a testament to his numerous contributions to the sport in Washington State. He continues to support the sport of track and field and his love for the sport has lived on in many former athletes.